creative nonfiction + memoir

forthcoming:
“No Such Person” (Lost Balloon Magazine)

If Death Is A Dancer” (Dovecote, July 2019)

"Mother I Make Up" (Longleaf Review, 2018) Nominated for Best of the Net 2018

"Six Gravel Roads" ((b)OINK, 2017)

"The Story Line" (Mutha Magazine, 2017)

“You Have Changed”, ChangeSeven (March 2016)

"Mothers Who Die" (Ginosko Literary Journal, 2015-2016)

"Black Widow in Birmingham" (Airplane Reading2015)

"Bunicu Does Orange Beach" (Birmingham Arts Journal, 2015)

"Castings" (3 Elements Review, 2014)

"Postcards Against Purity" (Catapult, June 2017)

 

reviews + essays on writing

Review of Ashley M. Jones dark // thing (Alabama Writer’s Forum, March 2019)

Dear Wigleaf” (Wigleaf postcard, 2018)

The Story Behind The Story: Mother-In-Law Collection” (Fiction Southeast, Fall 2015)

 

interviews + features

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Cover to Cover with Alina Stefanescu” (The Bookends Review Podcast, July 2019)
So grateful to Jordan Blum for this wacky conversation about everything under the sun including, briefly, loosely, Every Mask I Tried On.

On masks, being an outsider, and dread: An interview with Alina Stefanescu” (Former Cactus, June 2018)
”We do wear masks to be seen, but I also think in the US we often wear masks to be overlooked, to disappear in a sea of familiar hat-wearing heads, to be accepted, to feel safe. There is something so tenuous about existence—and how I learned to be human in the borderlands between native tongue and American flag, how complex and fragile these multiple identities.”

"Dreaming in utero", Mr. Bear's Violet Hour Saloon (Jan. 9, 2018)
In which Mr. Bear reads from Alina Stefanescu's equally bewitching and unsettling book "stories to read aloud to your fetus" from Finishing Line Press. A piercing fusion of ancient magic and modern bodies, love and pain, certainties and the unknown, these half-poem, half-fairy tale seedlings birth a new mythology to swim through your blood, passing secrets through your veins.

"12 or 20 questions with Rob McClellan" (August 2017)

"We Shall Overcome" series (Les Femmes Folles, July 2017)
Alina discusses Stories to Read to Your Fetus and writing the resistance of female bodies.

"Object of Derision Feature", Noble Gas Quarterly (Issue 203.2)

"The color of missing"Mr. Bear's Violet Hour Saloon (#104, July 26, 2016) 
In which Mr. Bear reads the shimmering work of Alina Stefanescu, where sunsets and birds and stamps and mothers-in-law and boats are tied together with threads of light, color, missing, desire, searching, secrets almost translated. These stories are like looking at your heart through a kaleidoscope — prepare to be dazzled.

Pidgeonholes interview (November 2016)
”I love the fellowship of writers— the shared hyper-sensitivity, the loneliness of those who remain outside in order to tell a story about what they’ve seen. I write into the outsider status but I also enjoy writing around it, imagining a world in which the greatest threat is our allegiance to privilege rather than the anger of those who pay the price of keeping this privilege intact. If I have a muse, s/he is a creature of many faces, a trickster, a doppelgänger, a man I happen to love, a patriot that isn’t a missile.”

Daily Poet interview with Dustin Pickering (March 2016)

Driftwood Press interview (Spring 2015)

Anchor & Plume Press interview with Faith Sundquist (January 2016)

"Objects In Vases Q & A"Speaking of Marvels (September 2016)
”In American culture, gender socialization begins early, urged on by the desire to establish common ground among peers. To “make friends.” Girls are given make-up and Barbie dreams while boys are given machines and guns. It struck me that so many voices are marginalized by this “natural” welcome into the world of weapons. Though we like to pretend we are a nation of nonconformists, I think watching our children tells a different story. Herd mentalities cover everything from fashion and fitness (think about the latest trending diet/exercise craze) to sports. The lines for which we stand give you a gun. Then dare you to use it.”

"#Feature Friday: Alina Stefanescu", Ink In Thirds (May 2016)

Survey Time Quarterly Q&A  (Spring 2015)